Baldwin County Prepares for the Effects of Hurricane Ida; The east coast could suffer a storm surge | Baldwin County Alabama News
BALDWIN COUNTY, ALA (WALA) – Baldwin County is preparing for Hurricane Ida.
The county commission is holding an emergency meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the storm.
The county expects to see potentially deadly rain, wind and storm surges.
“We will see our coastal impacts,” said Jenni Guerry, deputy director of the Baldwin County EMA. “We will see high waves, we will see the risk of high rip current, and we expect a storm surge.”
The storm is moving well to the west of our region, but Baldwin County is still expected to feel the effects of the storm.
“Being on this side of the storm, we know there are bigger impacts for tornado-type activities, as heavy precipitation will be a concern,” Guerry said. So we will be monitoring our gauges on our rivers, our river systems.
In preparation for Ida, the Baldwin County Commission is holding an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon.
Baldwin County EMA Director Zach Hood has pushed for a local state of emergency. As of yet, nothing has been declared, but one will be implemented if the state does so first. The commissioners also spoke of a curfew, closures and possible shelters. Nothing has been put in place.
Hood says Friday’s meeting was about getting things in place before the storm.
“What we need to make sure is that we are ready and all we need to do today, tomorrow is the time window,” he said. “The day after tomorrow, there won’t be much time to do anything.”
The county provides sandbags at the central annex for anyone who needs them. The goal is to ensure that residents of Baldwin County are prepared.
“Gather your supplies, check these supplies,” Guerry said. “It’s always a good idea to have gas in your gas tank and have the essentials you need around the house. “
Storm surge estimates here on the east coast are expected to be between 3 and 5 feet. While this may not seem like much, it is a concern and could be fatal.
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